Sunday, January 30, 2011

Alternate Characters from Keyboard

Engineers often need greek character while working with various programs . You can set up a second keyboard layout to switch between  normal english and greek characters. 

Here's how:
System -> Preferences -> Keyboard, then select Layouts Tab.

Click [Add] -> Country=Greece, Variants=Greece

You will see a diagram showing the new character set. Click [Add] then [Close].

On the main panel (near the date?) you should see an icon showing the current keyboard layout. Click this to change layouts then υοθ σηοθλδ βε αβλε το τυπε ιν γρεεκ.

You can also change your regular keyboard to use say "USA International (AltGr dead keys)". AltGr=Alternate Graphics=[Right Alt]. Some keys have 4 characters. Access the extra characters by pressing and holding the [Right Alt], then you can type þ & §.

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